What to visit in Minorca in 5 days: must-see plans

Dream beaches, landscapes full of magic and history, villages full of charm, its archaeological sites, water activities, horse riding, exquisite dishes such as cheese or sobrasada (Majorcan sausage), natural reserves…..

Are you going to visit the island of Menorca? You should know that this is one of the most attractive islands in Spain and that it has a lot to offer. It is the ideal place to visit for several days and get to know it in depth to enjoy all its nooks and crannies and all its traditions and customs.

But, how can you make the most of your stay and make sure you don’t miss out on anything? One of the best options is to hire a car so that you can move from one place to another without missing a single minute. Since it is a tourist island, you can rent a cheap car at Tramuntana Rent a Car to enjoy your trip.

A place to visit at any time of the year

When August comes to an end, it seems that summer and the desire to make plans and trips come to an end with it. However, Menorca is a place full of contrasts and each season of the year has its own special charm.

This way, you can get to know everything about Menorca and its surroundings in a week or even less. However, it is important to want to have fun and discover places full of charm. An example of this is September, when Menorca returns to its usual tranquility, inviting the visitor to connect with the real side of the island. So, there are plenty of places to see in Menorca in 5 days in September.

Visiting Minorca in 7 days is perfect to fully enjoy this wonderful island. However, if you don’t have so many days, here is a list of essential things to do in Minorca in 5 days and 4 nights.

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It is essential that you organize your stay well so that you can make the most of your time here. Although it is true that the island is small, we recommend that you plan a 5-day itinerary in Minorca to get the most out of it. I’m sure our guide will be of good use to you!

We’ll also give you some ideas on what to see in Minorca with children in 5 days.

Day 1: South Coast of Sant Lluís – Binibeca – Talayotic Village of Trepucó

Sant Lluís is a small but cozy village. Its white houses invite you to stroll and lose yourself in its quiet streets. Its coastline is one of the most urbanized areas of the island, but it is low-density and the atmosphere is calm and familiar. There are a series of small and picturesque coves, quiet, with fine white sand which are easy to access as there is a road that runs along the coastline; therefore, you can see many of them in a morning.

Our recommendation is to start at Punta Prima. A beach of crystal clear waters with spectacular blue, shallow waters and fine white sand. Its views of the Isla del Aire lighthouse, one of Menorca’s seven lighthouses, will not leave you indifferent.

You can then continue your route to Binidalí, passing a series of small but charming beaches. These include Son Ganxo, Biniancolla, Binibeca, s’Olla, Binisafúller, es Caló Blanc and Biniparratx.

The whole area is characterized by a shallow coastline with countless places to enjoy a pleasant swim.

Binibeca is a small fishing village with narrow streets and whitewashed houses that look like something out of a postcard. They form a labyrinth in which you will love to lose yourself for as long as you can. This is why Binibeca is one of the prettiest villages in Menorca and an attraction that deserves to be visited.

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Finally, we recommend that you visit the Talayotic settlement of Trepucó, one of the best preserved prehistoric sites on the island. This is due, in large part, to the taula it still preserves, which is the largest in Menorca. This is a very attractive plan to do with children. The little ones will love to learn about the stories and legends surrounding this archaeological site.

Day 2: El Toro – Cavalleria – Fornells 

To continue with the route through Minorca in 5 days, we recommend that you start by visiting the highest point on the island, Monte Toro. This mountain, located in the municipality of Es Mercadal, allows you to see the entire outline of the island and, if the day permits, you can even see Mallorca.

In addition to the great views, you will find the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Monte Toro, a Christ (a small version of Christ the Redeemer), a souvenir shop and a bar-restaurant.

On the way to Cavalleria you will pass through Es Mercadal, a must-visit village as it preserves almost intact the charm of the island’s traditional architecture, the Menorcan essence and even the tranquility.

The Cavalleria lighthouse is one of the most peculiar lighthouses in Menorca. This lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of the island, the cape of Cavalleria, and can be reached by car along a narrow road. You can visit it both during the day and at night, and watch a beautiful sunset.

Finally, Fornells is one of the prettiest and most authentic villages on the island, famous for its calderetas and with a wide variety of attractions. Apart from a stroll through its streets and harbor, the following places are worth a visit: Castillo de San Antonio, Iglesia de San Antonio Abad and the Ermita de Lourdes.

Day 3: Ciutadella – sunset at Pont d’en Gil

Ciudadela is the second most important urban center in Menorca. Long ago, it was the capital of the island, and from this majestic era, a lordly air still lingers. Large in size and with a wide range of leisure activities, if you visit this small city, you should stay for at least an entire day.

Take the opportunity to lose yourself in its streets, visit the shops, admire the palaces and stately buildings, have lunch in the port, etc. And, of course, before the sun goes down, head for Pont d’en Gil, one of the most impressive places in Minorca, a rock bridge overlooking the sea. It is a large hole in one of the cliffs near Ciutadella, which provides an ideal setting for watching the sunset.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island while the sky is tinged with colors at sunset. You can go by boat and cross under the arch, take a short walk from Cala’n Blanes or arrive by car or motorbike. It takes about 5 minutes to walk the distance between the car park and the Pont d’en Gil area.

Day 4: Kayak excursion to Colom Island – visit to the Port of Mahon – Fortress of La Mola

One of the best things to do in Menorca in 5 days as a couple is to rent a kayak on the beach of Es Grau. From there, you can discover the island of Colom, with its almost deserted beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. These are unique jewels that you should not miss!

To end the day, let yourself be amazed by the majesty of the port of Mahón, the second largest natural harbor in the world. It offers endless possibilities to the visitor, as it concentrates a complete offer of restaurants, cafés and music bars. In addition, thanks to its wide range of boat and catamaran excursions, you can discover the wonders of this port from the sea.

Besides, you can also see the historic center of the city with a great variety of places to visit such as the Church, the Town Hall or the Main Theatre.

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And if you want to understand the history of the island, you must visit the fortress of La Mola, one of the largest European fortresses built in the 19th century with a magnificent layout and excellent conservation located at the entrance to the Port of Mahón.

Day 5: Route through the coves of the South

To finish with the 5-day route around Minorca, we propose two different options, so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.

The first one is a visit to the best coves in the south of Minorca, such as:

  • Cala Mitjana
  • Trebalúger
  • Escorxada
  • Macarella
  • Macarelleta
  • Turqueta
  • Son Saura del Sur
  • Es Talaier

You can visit all of them by following the famous Camí de Cavalls. Thanks to it you can see these coves, cliffs and postcard-perfect landscapes while cycling, walking or riding a horse. This last option will give you a unique experience in an unbeatable setting.

The second option is to rent a boat and get to know the south coast from the sea. In Cala Galdana or Ciutadella you can find several companies that rent boats without a license. Good point is: You choose the course! If you prefer an organized excursion by boat or kayak, we recommend you to take a look at the Civitatis excursions in Minorca.

That’s it, now what?

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, Menorca is a small island, but once you are here you will realize that there are many things to visit and therefore, you will have to leave many places to discover and activities to do for another occasion. But don’t worry, this is usually the case and people who come to Menorca for the first time tend to come back. All said, we are waiting for you!